Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 13/2021

Roundwood/Sawnwood

  • Baltic shippers aiming to raise sawnwood prices significantly in second quarter too
  • Felling in Czech Republic increased 3 % in 2020
  • Further growth registered in sawlog prices in Estonia
  • 39 % growth registered in Russian exports to Europe
  • Deterrent quotes received by Italian wood buyers
  • Normal cutting activity slowly being resumed in Austria
  • Forest business units use heavy demand for firewood
  • Beech roundwood exports rise significantly

Wood products

  • Continued price increases for softwood lumber, gluelam, FJC
  • Germany: ratio of prefabricated construction rises to 22%
  • Timber construction turnover exceeds 2019 figure by 41.9%
  • US pellet production in 2020 down on preceding year

Wood-based panels

  • Buying of many upstream products is primarily based on availability
  • Increasing growth in timber industry’s sales from June
  • European associations launch Wood4Bauhaus alliance
  • A few importers cut back elliotis pine plywood sales
  • Half of duty-free quota used up by mid-March
  • Plywood bulk carrier expected in Bremerhaven by Easter
  • Chinese plywood manufacturers once again adjust prices on FOB basis slightly upwards
  • Supply of plywood from Indonesia still difficult
  • Cornerstone doubles demands for melamine
  • PMDI adhesive prices headed back towards 2017‘s level
  • Higher urea, methanol and melamine costs boost adhesive and impregnating resin prices
  • Methanol prices look set to increase again

Furniture

  • France: furniture trade turnover down 4.8%
  • Some neighbouring countries back in hard lockdown
  • Kitchen furniture industry with slight turnover rise in January
  • Lockdown in Germany extended until 18 April

Construction

  • Fewer building approvals in December
  • US housing starts also decrease in February

Companies

  • Donausäge Rumplmayr completes conversion work
  • James Jones & Sons takes over GT Timber
  • Westervelt sawmill up and running in Thomasville
  • Blumer Lehmann receives large order from Saudi Arabia
  • HS Timber begins construction of gluelam plant
  • Vecoplan surpasses results forecast for 2020
  • Deceuninck only unable to offset losses in Europe
  • Maisons du Monde aims to increase turnover in 2021
  • Narbutas invests €25m in production expansion
  • Green River seeks partner for furniture factory
  • IMA Schelling supplies batch-size-1 line to Sedus Stoll
  • Further growth in Biesse’s backlog of orders in Q4
  • Neodecortech held up better than expected
  • Glatfelter raises overlay paper revenues again
  • Mieco’s revenue from export sales almost halved in 2020
  • Trex forced to limit output in Winchester after a fire